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How to keep up with your education being at home in this lockdown?

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Jahnvi Singh Parihar
Communication Skills, Educational Technology & Operations Expert

With schools and colleges shut down due to the coronavirus lockdown, self-study is the norm now more than ever. While self-study, on the outset, simply means studying by yourself but it is not an easy task since we all need assistance in some form. Not to forget that self-study also requires discipline and organization.

Study Plan

The first step is to create a study plan. You can set reminders on your phone or use a wall planner. The study plan can be created around the topics that need to be covered and assign time according to your understanding of the topic.

Take Notes

It is important to take notes while you study. Include all details of the source and ensure that you note down the page numbers of each information you select. Do remember that note-taking does not mean that you copy down every word given in the book. Stick to the main points, and summarize what you study in your own words. Make sure that you also note down meaning of difficult words, and important definitions.

Video Lectures

Video lectures are akin to attending lectures in a class room albeit from the comfort of your home. You also have the option to choose from multiple topics and don't have to stick to a lesson plan. There are multiple platforms which let you access video lectures.

Mock Test/Online Quiz

Assessing your progress is an important part of studying. While self-studying, students can take mock tests and quizzes available online to evaluate their knowledge in the subject/topic.

Relax

And last but not the least, relax. Self-study requires that you take well-placed breaks and don't stress. Taking regular breaks from study is important to re-energize.

Manonita Rathore
Gig economy and behaviour &soft skills Expert

The list of tips below will help you study from home during the national lockdown.

Create A Dedicated Study Space

Your study space needs to be as private and secluded as possible. Switch off devices that can distract you and ask family members not to bother you when you are in your study space.

It should be a comfortable and inviting space – so that it can become your “happy space”. You can even test different locations to determine what suits you best. It will help you focus. Try not to study on your bed or other areas that you associate with relaxation and entertainment as you have trained your brain to expect these things in this environment.

 

Plan Your Time

Everyone has a different study schedule. Some learners want to get a head start and start studying early in the morning while others function better later in the day. Determine YOUR best time to work and study. You don’t have to follow a strict timetable but to cope with school closure , it might help to have some sort of plan in place. Here’s how:

  • Work out a timetable and try to stick to it as far as possible
  • Account for extra time for subjects that you know requires additional attention
  • Schedule 15-minute breaks every hour or hour-and-a-half
  • Provide for time to exercise and relax (this will ensure that you don’t feel guilty when doing so)
  • Do not procrastinate

 

Be Organised

Being organised means setting up a planner (hard copy or electronically) with reminders on what should be completed and when. Ensure that you give yourself ample time to reach your deadlines. If you miss a deadline, give yourself a penalty and put in extra time over weekends. This will ensure that you don’t fall behind with your studies. But don’t forget to reward yourself for sticking to your deadlines or finishing a task before the deadline. Reward yourself with something you like doing. This will keep you motivated!

Keep your books and material orderly, so that you don’t waste time trying to find your books or study notes. You can use sticky notes to easily track where you left off or where to find important information (like formulas or definitions).